Panama Birding Tour



Panama Birding Tour

Soberanía National Park is located east of Panama Canal and Lago Gatún and is some 25 kilometres from Panama City. Its known for over 500 species of birds and 100 species of mammals. The park has marked nature trails and a 30-m observation tower at the Panama Rainforest Discovery Centre for birdlife watching. Nearby, the Pipeline Road provides a more authentic rainforest and birdwatching experience. You can also walk the historic Las Cruces Trail that dates back to the 16th century.

Begin in the Metropolitan National Park near downtown Panama, then travel along Panama’s Pipeline Road, famous for birdwatching. Journey along the historic Plantation Road, then spend the next few days walking along some fabulous nature trails within its forests and Boguete, Chiriqui highlands in the west. The Chiriquí highland is adorned with rainforests, volcanic peaks, coffee plantations, orchid farms and flower-filled towns. 

And, experience birdwatching in all of Panama’s regions rich in birdlife. 

What We Love
  • Chiriqui highlands offer bird watching, walking, mountain biking and horse-riding activities.
  • The Soberania National Park is known for excellent birding and wildlife viewing.
  • The Pipeline Road is considered one of the best birding spots in the world.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but may require walking on rough surfaces.  
  • For domestic flights and boat transfers, luggage entitled is 12 Kilos.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Panama Birding Tour

Soberania National Park, Chiriqui Highlands, El Charco & Los Quetzales Trails
(12 Days – Travel Any Day)

Day 01 – Arrive
Panama City Meet and greet on arrival at the Tocumen International Airport and transfer to a Country Inn & Suites Amador, located on the Amador Causeway. In the natural area surrounding the hotel more than 40 species of birds have been identified, making it an ideal setting to begin your unique bird-watching tour.
Overnight at Country Inn & Suites Amador.

Day 02 – Birdwatching - Metropolitan National Park
Panama City With your private guide and driver, take a tour of the Metropolitan National Park (MNP). Located adjacent to Panama City, this is the only urban park in Latin America that has easy access to the tropical semi-deciduous forest. The park is the home to the Two-and Three-toed Sloth as well as over 200 bird species such as the incredibly pink Rosy Thrush-tanager, Lance-tailed Manakin, Slaty Ant Wren, Pheasant Cuckoo, and a Panama endemic- the Yellow-green Tyrannulet. There are walking and bike trails and the Cedar Hill lookout over Panama City and the Canal.
Overnight at Country Inn & Suites Amador (B)

Day 03 – Birdwatching - Pipeline Road
Canopy Tower Today, travel along Panama’s Pipeline Road – where 300 species of birds have been spotted on a single day and which is now considered one of the best birding spots in the world. Located in the Panama Canal watershed, this former US military access road takes you into old growth secondary forest, ideal for the observation of flora and fauna from the Pacific and Caribbean slopes. Your tour is accompanied by an expert local guide.
Overnight at Canopy Tower (B)

Day 04 – Birdwatching - Plantation Road
Canopy Tower Plantation Road constructed in the early 1900, was the first paved road to an area where cacao was grown and that is now known as Soberania National Park. Some of the birds that may be observed include: Tinamous, leaftossers, Golden-crowned Spadebills, White-breasted Wood-Wrens, Spotted, Bicolored and Ocellated Antbirds, Gray-headed Tanagers, and Plain-brown, Northern Barred and Ruddy Woodcreepers, Hook-billed Kite.
Overnight at Canopy Tower (B)

Day 05 – Birdwatching - El Charco Trail
Canopy Tower With your private guide and driver, begin your morning birding adventure on the El Charco trail, which is approximately 2.2 kilometres. You will have the afternoon free to relax or enjoy the optional tours which are available.
Overnight at Canopy Tower (B)

Day 06 – Birdwatching - Achiote Road
Melia This birding excursion to the Atlantic side of Panama is one of most scenic drives in central Panama. From the road you will be able to see remnants of the old sea level French Canal, drive through wooded hills and will be able to reach the Gatun Locks. The woodland along the road is noted for Trogons, Motmots and numerous other forest and woodland birds. Then we head to Achiote Road and will hike the CEASPA new trail for other species such as White-headed and Stripe-breasted Wrens and Montezuma Oropendolas among others.
Overnight at Melia Panama Canal (B, L, D)

Day 07 – Birdwatching - Quetzales Trail
Chiriqui Highlands Take a private transfer to the local airport for a domestic flight to David (West of Panama City). Travel over 6,300 feet above sea level to the highlands of Volcan in the Pila Hill Formation in the Amistad International Park.

The Quetzales lodge is known for its close proximity to a resident group of Resplendent Quetzales. These magnificent birds, with their emerald green tails flowing two feet behind them, are exceedingly rare in Central America. Here at Volcan, your chances of seeing them are excellent. They are often accompanied by Emerald Toucanets. Our first day will allow us to look for Quetzals.
Overnight at Los Quetzales (B, L)

Day 08 –  – Birdwatching - Los Quetzales Trail
Chiriqui Highlands Today we take a morning hike on the Quetzales Trail. This hike is approximately 4-6 hours, and is known as one of the most beautiful hikes in Central America. In the Baru National Park the visitors will be in low montane rainforest, premontane rainforest and cloud forest with may observe birds such as the Quetzal, Bell bird, some trogons, Black and White Hawk, a variety of humming birds such as Brown Violet Ear and Black-bellied Hummingbird, wildcats, porcupines, Coati Mundi, nutria, bats. Huge oaks, magnolias, orchids Stelis montana, Hoffmania areolata and Anthurium chriquense among others. Return to Cerro Punta.
Overnight at Los Quetzales (B, L)

Day 09 – Hartman Farm & Lakes
Chiriqui Highlands Explore the small family farm of Hartman, known for its shade grown coffee, variety of orchids and abundance of birds in the area. Hartmann family is world famous for their shade grown coffee. They are also famous for their nature and history preservation activities. The family moved here in the beginning of the 20th century from Czech Republic. Their farm is in the western Chiriqui region.
Overnight at Los Quetzales (BL)

Day 10 – Transfer
Panama City Take a private transfer to David International Airport for your flight back to Panama City. Upon your arrival you will be transferred to your hotel
Overnight at Country Inn & Suites Amador (B)

Day 11 – Free Day & Afternoon Birding
Panama City Today you will have a free day to relax or do some last minute shopping. In the late afternoon you will have a birding tour to the Metropolitan Natural Park or in the Soberania National Park.
Overnight at Country Inn & Suites Amador (B)

Day 12 – Depart
Panama City Private transfer to Tocumen International Airport for your onward flight (B)

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Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

Getting There International flights arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY) in Panama City. Flight from the US are mostly routed through Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston or Miami and other Central and South American cities; KLM and Iberia fly from Amsterdam and Madrid, respectively. Flights from San José, in neighbouring Costa Rica, often stop in David before continuing on to Panama City. The recently upgraded airport in David is expected to see direct international flights from and to the US at some point.

When to go The best time to visit Panama is during the dry season from around mid-December to mid-April. There is a prolonged rainy season from May to November, with the heaviest rain between October and November. Rain in Panama tends to come in sudden short downpours followed by sunshine. The climate is less tropical at higher elevations. In mountain areas, the average annual temperature ranges from 10 C to 19 C at various mountain elevations.